PayPal-FNR PEARL Chair in Digital Financial Services

University of Luxembourg

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University of Luxembourg

The University of Luxembourg is a research-intensive university with an international reputation in ICT and European Law. It is currently ranked 12th among universities younger than 50 years by Times Higher Education. Luxembourg is a leading international financial centre, the second largest in investment funds globally and the premier private banking hub in the Eurozone. With a highly dynamic and international environment, it is at the forefront of research and innovation in the field of digital financial technologies, particularly FinTech and RegTech. The University is now seeking to appoint a new Chair in Digital Financial Services – a unique opportunity to build and drive FinTech research in a leading financial environment.

The successful candidate will be an internationally recognised researcher in the field of data, risk, and innovation and/or financial services. S/he will be motivated not only by scientific standing, but also by the Chair’s interdisciplinary approach; the Chair will play a pivotal role in linking technical research and developments with economic, financial and regulatory innovations, while also reaching out to key stakeholders in government (ministries, regulators, government-run start-up incubators) and to companies in the financial service sector.

Research should focus on the development and use of innovative digital technologies which can impact financial market regulation and policy. Research activities should also be technical in nature. These will build on the transformative characteristics of FinTech and address RegTech or compliance through IT solutions. Applicants with a background in information systems, data sciences, and computer science/engineering are particularly welcome.

This Chair will be supported by both PayPal and the Luxembourg National Research Fund’s (FNR) PEARL programme, which aims at recruiting internationally recognised scientists to develop and strengthen Luxembourg’s national research priorities. The Chair will enjoy a start-up package for five years with a financial contribution of approximately €5 million in research funding, excluding full professorial salary and overheads.

The Chair will create and lead a research group at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT). SnT researchers, together with industry and public partners, conduct both long-term and demand-driven research, establishing Luxembourg as a European Centre of Excellence and Innovation in the field of secure, reliable, and trustworthy ICT systems and services.

An executive search exercise is being supported by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. Applications can be uploaded at, quoting reference number 2984, or by contacting Thomas Modder at / +31 202 404 379. Questions may also be directed to Prof. Björn Ottersten, Director SnT, University of Luxembourg at

The deadline for applications is Saturday 15th September.

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15 Sep

Thomas Modder


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